Support & Approve the Nature Sweet/Bayacan Cultivation Project Application

Support & Approve the Nature Sweet/Bayacan Cultivation Project Application

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Dear Planning and Zoning Department and Graham County Supervisors:

I am writing to you to express my support for the necessary zoning approvals to allow medical-grade cannabis cultivation to occur at the Bonita-area greenhouses currently owned and operated by NatureSweet.

            The greenhouse diversification plan presented by NatureSweet and Bayacan representatives will bring immediate and significant employment opportunities to the region by offering hundreds of jobs and will create positive economic and fiscal impacts to Graham County.

            Based upon the plans presented by NatureSweet, the sale of Sites 5 and 6 to Bayacan will allow NatureSweet to develop a first-class research and development facility at the greenhouse campus, providing partnership and internship opportunities with Eastern Arizona College and a significant likelihood that investors, executives, and scientists from around the world will travel to Graham County to observe research trials taking place at that facility. 

The proposed cannabis cultivation within the greenhouses on Sites 5 and 6 are compatible with the existing NatureSweet tomato cultivation operations and the surrounding farmlands.  The cannabis cultivation process is also very similar to NatureSweet’s current tomato operations.  Both involve crops that are grown vertically in a controlled greenhouse environment to optimize growth, using hydroponic technology and looped water systems to preserve the area’s water resources.

I urge you to approve the requested zoning approvals for this site, allowing for the continued economic development of Graham County and ensuring long-term stability for the region through job growth. 

Respectfully,

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